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Career Research: Researching with Databases

A guide to career research resources from Polk State Libraries.


This guide will teach you how to:

  • Find books & ebooks on a career
  • Research a career with the databases

What is a Database?

A very simple definition of a database -- A collection of information that can be accessed and searched through the Internet.

Polk State Libraries subscribes to over 100 databases.  Many are specialized and contain magazine and newspaper articles on a specific topic such as: Careers, Education, Psychology, Health Sciences etc.  

The databases are organized either alphabetically or by subject.  If you are not sure which database will be most useful. choose the subject listing, or consult with the librarian.

Polk State Libraries' Databases

As a student at Polk, you have access to many career databases including:
(Require log in to view them)

  • Career Transitions
    (Career Transitions is a self-paced resource that walks you, the job-seeker, through the entire process from assessing strengths and interests, to exploring new opportunities, to ultimately improving the chances of landing a job).
  • O*Net Online
    (Provides occupational information, including descriptors on hundreds of occupations).
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook
    (The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. The Handbook is revised every two years).
  • Testing & Education Reference Center
    (Testing & Education Reference Center helps prepare students for specialized tests for college, graduate school, the military or trade school. It includes preparatory tests from the GED [General Educational Development] to the GRE [Graduate Record Examination General Test]).


Logging In @ Polk State Libraries


COLLEGE: Make sure POLK STATE COLLEGE is selected in the drop down menu.

Be sure to capitalize the letter in your student ID.

Your Library Account allows you to use access Polk State Libraries' databases, renew book loans, and request books from Florida's 28 state colleges and 12 state universities.


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